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CIRPLACAR aims to contribute with relevant scientific and technological advances to boost the plastics recycling rates of the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) sector.

The project proposes a multiple approach that integrates mechanical (MR) and chemical (CR) recycling processes to reach synergistic results. Life-cycle sustainability and techno-economic considerations will be carried out to support the viability of CIRPLACAR processes.

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The European strategy for plastics in a circular economy

recognizes the end-of-life vehicle sector (ELV) as one of the key sectors where there is potential, and necessity, to increase the volume of recycled material.


CIRPLACAR project proposes an integrated approach to recycle plastic wastes from the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) sector to minimize the traditional management options of landfilling and incineration.


CIRPLACAR proposes an integrated approach that combines mechanical (MR) and chemical (CR) recycling processes to potentiate their synergistic effects:

Mechanical recycling

Mechanical recycling is focused on the characterization and sorting of ELV plastics. Those sorted fractions that have suitable properties, will be mechanically recycled.

Chemical recycling

Chemical recycling will deploy a thermochemical process to valorise those polymers rejected from mechanical recycling and/or the side streams generated.

The integration of both approaches will be supported by life-cycle sustainability and techno-economic considerations that will help improve the viability of recycling processes.

In this way, recycling rates of ELV plastics will be increased considerably and the transition from typical linear to circular industrial ecosystems will be boosted.

What is new in CIRPLACAR project respect the state of the art?